Tagged: censorship

Is science censored? - Mere Conjecture

Jack Auty Aug 03, 2016

There was a recent piece in New Zealand news about mass governmental censorship of scientists. Starting with apocalyptic images of the Fukushima nuclear power plant incident to instill fear, they painted a picture of mass governmental meddling with scientists reporting their results, with the clear insinuation that our lives could be at risk because of this censorship. To give … Read More

Censorship follies - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Sep 07, 2015

The on-again off-again New Zealand ban on the novel “Into the River” is on again, thanks to Board of Review Chair Don Mathieson. Recall that New Zealand has a censor’s office that can review books sent to it for review. Request that a book be classified and the Office of Film and Literature will have a look. It can put … Read More

Please review the ethics of human ethics review - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Mar 04, 2015

Human ethics review panels are the worst. Designed to prevent atrocities like Tuskegee, they then metastasised: any time your research could possibly involve a human subject, there are a billion forms to fill in. So it's usually easiest just to avoid doing field research.U Queensland's Paul Frijters didn't avoid doing field research. He sent actors out onto Brisbane buses with … Read More

Conservatives who don’t know they’re conservative - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jan 20, 2015

Great stuff from Justin Erik Halldor-Smith on the Paris murders and the privilege-shouters.After critiquing the Paris protesters' reliance on Descartes, as laughter was never critical to Cartesian "I think therefore I am", he writes:Where they seem somewhat deficient, by contrast, is in the activation of a certain human capacity in the fourth mode,** and here we need to look … Read More

Fixed costs in small countries - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 27, 2014

Yesterday's column over at Interest.co.nz hit on some of the ridiculous self-imposed fixed costs of government policy in New Zealand. A taste:We could argue about the ridiculousness of the implementation of the New Zealand regime, or we could ask the more important question: why does this office [Office of Film and Literature Classification] exist at all? Why does a … Read More

Bathmophobia - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 31, 2013

Richard Thaler had a term for people with an irrational fear of slippery slopes: bathmophobes. He counted Glen Whitman among their ranks for warning that Thaler's "nudge" architecture could would up proving rather illiberal in practice. I worried, in my Mont Pelerin address, that by reducing the costs of paternalism, Nudge seemed more likely to expand the range … Read More